I say "within", because the medicine is still with me, and will be for the next four days I am told. Yesterday, my fiancee and I participated in a 12-hour Huachuma Ceremony with a local Bay Area medicine community. The ceremony, which is also called "San Pedro", "Master Teacher" or "El Remedio" is designed to heal, remove blockages to living soulfully and in connection to Spirit and reveal visions of the future. We worked with a brew made from the cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi), as well as water, agua florida, tobacco and coca, administered intentionally in numerous ways and rounds. I won't describe the actual ceremony, as it is sacred, and is best experienced first-hand and with honest intentions. As such, I will only share my intentions, the visions I received and some new perspectives on anger. You can read more about this ancient practice (3,500+ years old) here.
I approached this ceremony with a few intentions. The first was curiosity. I'm a curious person and I wanted to experience this ceremony from which many respected friends and colleagues have received great benefit. I also really like exploring altered states of consciousness.
For this Huachuma ceremony, and beyond mere curiosity, I prepared and entered with a few intentions:
During the water ceremony, I experienced a 50-minute sermon led by a medicine woman who deeply irritated me. I experienced her words as new age pablum, warmed over non-dualist / Landmark philosophy, mixed in with her own angsty, teenage lamentations over not being an initiated adult and attempts at humor. At two minutes in, I wanted to scream. I experienced her as a child trying to say the words a spiritual teacher. Knowing that even this is medicine, I sat with it, opened my heart and mind to receive the gifts of the message. I vacillated between anger, and generating myself as love and understanding, trying to have compassion for this woman and what I judged to be her irresponsible, disempowering sermonizing, encouraging folks to disregard their soul's longings and dwell in the unity of God. I judge this to be a very dangerous spiritual message, especially in these times, one that robs people of a connection to their higher purpose and cause to lead with it, has them surrender their call, powers, craft and mission. I believe this has the effect of neutering people and making them dependent on non-dual spiritual teachers and communities (like hers), upon which they must return and pay dues as an escape from their heartbreak and discontent over the gross dysfunctions of the world.
After 30 minutes, and dozens of attempts to be present, open and loving, I could take no more of her non-dualist drivel, and left the ceremony. I sat outside within earshot of the roundhouse, closed my eyes and continued my prayers for compassion and understanding. After 15 minutes, I re-entered the ceremony and heard the last five minutes of the sermon. I perceived that I was the only one with such a strong reaction, as my fellow participants were riveted or placid, while I boiled with anger. The medicine woman was praised my numerous people for her "medicine TED talk". I take from this that her words are medicine, but they weren't mine. I take from this a deeper emotional connection to my values of wisdom, integrity and embodiment. I take from this the sacred power of discernment. This experience firmly rooted me in my purpose to inspire, liberate and activate purpose-driven leaders, and root out and burn down purveyors of disempowering spiritual bullshit.
I'll post any updates here as they arise. If you are interested in such a ceremony, I recommend working with Ayahuasca first to clear out the main blockages. Then type "San Pedro medicine" and your local city into Google and see what you can find. If you're interested in other approaches to revealing your higher purpose and removing the blocks in the way, please explore our Guides and Programs.
When a breakdown occurs in your life, is there a deeper meaning? I believe there is. If you look hard enough, there is always a lesson for the soul.
Last night, I took a spill. About 6 months ago, our building's repair man put a temporary patch on our steps, telling us he'd be back shortly to fix it permanently. He replaced our rotten wooden planks with reused laminated fiberboard, from some discarded IKEA furniture he found on the street, which as you may imagine can be really slippery in the rain. He never came back to fix it. I mentioned it to him a couple times, and after receiving no response, I gave up, resigning myself, my fiancee and our guests with a warning to just be careful.
So there I went marching outside in the rain with a large load of laundry between my arms. Usually, just the sight of the white laminate is my reminder to approach it carefully and hold the railing. However, I didn't see the laminate over my laundry, took one step onto it which had about a 1/8" of standing water on it, and BOOM, down goes Frazier.
After the shock wore off, the second voice to speak was my Image Consultant. He was like, you're such a bad ass. Good thing you're in shape, that your back, arms and shoulders are so strong that wood is no match for your 235 lbs. frame forged from yoga, high-intensity interval training and pumping iron. I posted a shameless humble brag pic on Facebook inferring as much.
This morning, while I sat on the porch, taking in a the cold, damp, Berkeley mist and reading David Whyte, the immortal words of Landmark, and frequently uttered phrase in my house, came through, "Without integrity, nothing works."
Without integrity, nothing works. As I was trained, whenever there is a breakdown, I have two options,
This is where the purpose of falling down is revealed.
I now get the opportunity to look at where else in my life is integrity out, and it always is. That is just a condition of being human - we're always committed to ideas, values, virtues and outcomes that are larger than our present condition. As such the integrity of my life is always being restored. Being someone committed to leadership, to creating a planet on purpose, to living my purpose, exploring my integrity is not a invitation to unleash my inner Critic and beat myself up, but rather an invitation to live my purpose more fully by looking at every other place in my life where my integrity is out. Here's what I found by doing a quick scan of the key areas of my life, to see where I was out of alignment with my purpose:
It a lifelong process, of course, but this is what is required to have my life work, to have a life that is a progressively larger reflection of my soul's purpose. This also why embodiment and integration are such a large piece of the purpose process, and why I spend 50% of my time with my 1-on-1 clients and in my courses on embodiment. Each key area has to be a match, or else finding purpose is just another leisure activity and not a transformation fulfilled.
If you want to unleash your purpose and embody it, please explore taking one our Programs or working with a Guide.
Let this New Year begin today. Let the world hear the cry of our souls. Let 2018 be on our terms, the expression of our souls' purpose in the world!
Wait?! New Year's Day isn't for another 10 days, right? Wrong. New Year's Day is not January 1st of the Julian calendar. New Year's Day is today, December 22nd, 2017. Yesterday was Winter Solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year. Between today and June 21, 2018 (Summer Solstice), our days get longer. But what's the purpose of this distinction? Who cares if we celebrate New Year's day today or January 1st? I do, and here's why.
First, we are grown ass adults. What this means is that as adults we get to say what meaning we ascribe to our lives and the world. We get to choose whether we believe society's many lies, most of which diminish our soul's expression and experience of life, or we soberly embrace reality and imbue it with no meaning at all or the meaning revealed by our soul's purpose. Marking today as New Year's is a revolutionary act, a bold declaration signalling to the world, that the gloves are off, and that we are the captain of our ships and masters of our domains.
With our souls' online, our careers become our opus, the world our canvas, and we step into our captaincy. As poet David Whyte wrote, "... captaincy is... an inhabitation, the boat a second skin... preternaturally alert and omnipresent..." What this means is that we no longer suffer fools, we turn over all the rocks, be with what is and shepherd reality with the dictates of soul and the sovereignty of our intellect.
Secondly, the world is in a political, economic and ecological freefall (as articulated in the Ensouled Life Manifesto). Many the of old stories (free market fundamentalism, the American Dream, scientific materialism) and institutions (Democracy, the media, the Church) are failing. It's going to take guts to pull us out of this mess, to cast off all the meaning that no longer serves us or is not intuitively recognized by our souls as true. It's time to take the helm.
Let this New Year begin today. Let the world hear the cry of our souls. Let 2018 be on our terms, the expression of our souls in the world. And this means we have to cut the shit, and aligning our souls with the world as it is, not as the Church, culture or the misinformed say it is. The world is aching for our fierce love, sovereign discernment, our warrior stand and creative leadership. Let it begin today, with me, with you, and with all soul-awakened leaders. Let us take out our broad swords and clear the field of false idols, false stories and false futures. Let us welcome their death and take a deep drink from their skulls. In this space we have a wide berth to create and lead.
So now what? If you want to deepen your connection to soul, please check out the free Ensouled Life Starter Kit, or do a deeper dive with one of our programs or Guides. If your soul is already online, it's time to make some bold declarations, to mark this New Year through new promises and creating structures to fulfill on them, such as via a men's circle (MKP), women's circle (WW), accountability partner or leadership coach.
I believe 2017 will be regarded as the year that humanity began to deal with the power and potential of living soulfully. This year has revealed what poet, David Whyte, forecasted, as the year in which humanity's "...foundations not ... built on the realities of human relationship are being swept away by the forces of time." (Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea, 2001, p. 24)
2017 will go down as the year that many of us, a few sovereign nations and the global community began to earnestly deal with the contours of soul, with the way we express ourselves individually and collectively, and how aligned our behaviors and outcomes are with who we really are at a soul level.
As I explored in the article "What is Donald Trump's Purpose? What is the Purpose of the United States?", we have had the opportunity this year to truly see how deeply misaligned we are with our souls. We have been gifted a President and Administration that have graciously revealed what has been true for far too long. We have come face to face with America's default purpose, the effects of America's political economy (and to a large extent the political economy of much of the Western world). We have been gifted a high-definition view of our racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamaphobia, inequality, wanton disregard for the rule of law, electoral integrity and the health of the environment, the well-being of humanity and future generations.
And this is not just an American phenomenon as social and political unrest has swept through the EU (Brexit, Catalonia), China, North Korea and the Middle East, as well as the continued rise of extreme weather and climate change casualties. This is indeed a gift and precipice, as we are thrust now upon a horizon in which we either evolve, step into our soul's identity, and create lives, careers, families, communities, a culture, political economy and ecology that expresses it, or perish.
Fortunately, my colleagues and I have been laying the track for this new soulful emergence of humanity to arise. Over the last few years, we've amassed a compelling body of research suggesting that connecting with your soul's purpose is the most efficacious means to create a life you love (higher levels of income, wealth, leadership, engagement, productivity, impact, vitality, intelligence, attraction and love), as well as "the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible" (Charles Eisenstein) via greater levels of learning, tolerance, charity, philanthropy, sustainability, entrepreneurship, activism, and a reduced reliance upon the state for healthcare and social services.
Moreover, we've developed powerful and highly effective means of awakening soul purpose, and 2018 will be the year that this soul awakening scales.
Lastly, we've been making lots of noise, to bring the power of this exciting evolution of our species into the mainstream.
What a year!!!
Among many other things, here's what you can expect in 2018:
Author, Planet on Purpose
by Brandon Peele, Founder of Ensouled Life, Author of Planet on Purpose
You might be thinking that the words "purpose" and "Donald Trump" should not be used in the same sentence. You might be thinking that purpose and politics are entirely separate domains. It is my intention to demonstrate that purpose and politics are exactly the same domain. It is my intention to illuminate the gift that Donald Trump is, in showing us what purpose is, and how we as a nation may discover, cultivate and express our national purpose.
First, let me just say that this isn't a partisan tear down of President Trump. Although there is a great difference in my values and understanding of the world and that of President Trump, this article is an exploration into what his purpose is and what he is illuminating about the purpose of the United States.
Perspective #1: The Four Stages of Purpose
Donald J. Trump is the poster boy of Stage 2: Declared Purpose (the same could be said of most politicians from every party on the planet, as well as most high achievers). Stage 1 is having no purpose and existing on the pleasure / pain spectrum, work / consume frequency. Stage 2 is having a Declared Purpose, which is a purpose based on your own internal filters (put there by unmet childhood needs, parental wounding, and parental, societal and economic mores), wherein you simply declare that your life is going to be about something other than survival. This purpose could be rooted in traditional values, e.g. be the world's best dad, a lay minister or the hosting a family reunion. It could be rooted in modern values, e.g. be the best in your field, have the most car dealerships, be considered the prettiest, wittiest, funniest, wealthiest or most accomplished in your peer group. It could also be rooted in post-modern values, e.g. be the most altruistic, most humble, most introverted or hardest working activist in your peer group.
Stage 3 is having access to your unique soul's purpose and some or all ten aspects of it (call, vision, craft, mission, powers, flow, virtues, core, story and worldview). Stage 3 is where you seek to serve and self-express from soul.
Stage 4 is the progressive realization that your soul's purpose is one and the same as the purpose of humanity, the Earth and the Cosmos, wherein you move effortlessly through the Cosmos, as, by and for the greatest expression of the Cosmos. While definitely breaching mystical or Enlightened awareness, Stage 4 also includes Stages 3, 2 and 1, meaning there is an acceptance of one's own desires for pleasure, for esteem and authenticity, as well as those desires in every human, while serving the whole in every situation and context.
I believe President Trump is firmly rooted in his Stage 2 declared purpose of personal fame, and uses virtually every opportunity to edify his image (with greatly mixed results) and tear down those who diminish his fame and popularity. It's what drives his relentless self-promotion and headline grabbing ventures (casinos, steaks, ghost-written books, truthing, university, fashion shows, beauty pageants, media coverage, resorts, etc.), statements (mysogyny, racism, tragic ignorance), actions (fraud, bankruptcies, admitted sexual assault and alleged rape and pedophilia), and impulsive and tragically transparent tweets. He is not solely responsible for operating from his declared purpose (which is not to excuse the spiritual, moral and legal consequences of his actions), however his declared purpose tragically [Have I used the word "tragically" yet?] illuminates the perils of being stuck in a declared purpose for decades.
Were it not for a great portion of society whose values he represents (wealth, fame, full self-expression), and were it not for his childhood wounding that drove him to seek publicity at every turn, and for our culture that has steered him away from deep learning, personal growth, reflection or personal responsibility, Trump might very well have had a different declared purpose. Perhaps he would have even heard the call to awaken his soul's purpose (Stage 3) and dedicate his life to creative self-expression and generative service. Perhaps, after many years of soulful leadership, he would embody Stage 4 purpose and collaborate with other Stage 4 purpose beacons like the Pope, Lynn Twist, Jimmy Carter, Joanna Macy, H.H. Dalai Lama and Oprah, to create a more just, sustainable, abundant and peaceful world.
Perspective #2: What Trump is Revealing About the Default Purpose of the United States
While we are far from having enough time and distance from the Trump era to concisely express the historical, cultural and spiritual significance of his influence, within only 2 years of him declaring his candidacy and winning the Presidency, we can say that he has already served a powerful and catalytic purpose in illuminating the default purpose of America, and to some extent, humanity. A default purpose is comprised of the effects of any individual's or group's actions, versus an explicit purpose, which is the stated and intended purpose, e.g. Stages 2, 3 and 4. Through his way of being, words and policies, Americans have had to confront some unsettling truths about our nation's default purpose. Never before in American history has one man embodied so many aspects of our default purpose - some very unsettling truths that heretofor were much easier to ignore.
Although our founding documents largely speak to our better angels, articulating an intent to be truthful, equal, just and happy (with notable exceptions around the value and rights of indigenous peoples, women, GLBTQ, children, the elderly, minorities and future generations), our institutions and cultural values reveal a different national purpose, our default purpose.
Now this is not to say that any of these reflect America's true soul purpose (Stage 3), which likely includes many other aspirations and potentials, like mysticism (Transcendentalism, John Muir, Tom Robbins), creativity (Jazz, Blues, Burning Man), innovation (Silicon Valley, B Corps, teal / tribal / deliberately developmental management and leadership), reform (labor riots, Monkey Wrench Gang, Suffrage, Civil Rights) and democracy (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, United Nations). However, never before in American history has one person (and to a great extent, his Administration) embodied and personified the shadowy end of the spectrum, America's default purpose. All these things were true before the Trump era, and many will still be true after it.
From these two perspectives, I believe we can begin to heal as a nation, and reveal our deepest values and soul identity, and to even express gratitude for the pain wrought by Trump's ascent to the Presidency. This man has given our country and species a great gift by living his declared purpose with such pride and wild abandon. He has shown us the tragic consequence of an individual being developmentally stagnated at a Stage 2 Declared Purpose, as a nation whose default purpose is quite different that our founding documents. He has shown us the great work that lies ahead for us as a nation to heal our wounds and remedy injustice, as well as explore, reveal and express our true national Stage 3 Soul Purpose.
He has made it powerfully clear that America can no longer assume that we are the leader of the free world. He has, with great fanfare and drama, alerted us to the existential, economic, ecological, political and cultural peril our country and species face. Before the Trump Era, the fullness of America's default purpose was largely obscured and unattended to in mainstream culture and media (although felt deeply and painfully by numerous marginalized communities). Previously, the consequences were too subtle, too complex and/or too far removed from mainstream culture. Now we have one man, who's path it is to embody this reality, to force us to do our own work to cultivate our individual and national purpose.
He is a gift. He has given us this powerful choice. It is now abundantly clear that each American and the American public must now choose to awaken soul purpose, and deal with the ways in which our lives, careers, political economy and culture are unaligned with it. Or we will continue to live out our fate as the global example of how not to run a country and exist as a society.
Thank you, President Trump. May your path be less painful. May your soul quickly come online and show us what is possible through your awakening, healing, humility and atonement. May you one day serve as an example of true purpose, reconciliation and soulful leadership. May your transformation inspire billions. May the discussion you empowered ignite a revolution of national purpose in America and throughout the world.
What We Can do
Yes, we must continue to do the good work we have already begun, work I believe is more aligned with our soul-level purpose. We must continue to #RESIST and speak truth to power, embodying and expressing our sacred activism via #OCCUPY, #BLACKLIVESMATTER, #NODAPL, #METOO / #IHAVE / #IAMRESPONSIBLE. However, there is a greater opportunity than merely resisting. There is the opportunity to awaken and unleash your soul's purpose and participate in the awakening of America's true purpose. Here's how you can start:
A Note to Politicians
If you are Donald Trump or another politician governing at the state or federal level and are intrigued by this conversation, I am here for you. If you are curious about what the power of your soul's purpose could unleash in your career and for your constituents, I have one opening in Q1 for a pro bono client, and would gladly offer you my services as a Certified Purpose GuideTM for free. If you are already functioning at Stage 3 Soul Purpose, I'd be happy to empower you to realize the collective purpose of your town, county, state or administration and connect you with my colleagues at Amoveo Mundi who specialize in group purpose. They are currently engaged with the States of Israel and Colombia to find their national purpose.
About the Author
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Hello Family, Friends, Colleagues and Clients!
I’d love to hear from each of you about your 2017! What shifted? What is on the horizon in 2018? What support, resources, relationship and tools do you need to make it happen?
For me, 2017 was a powerful year filled with business growth, travel, breaking my word, restoring integrity, repairing relationships, health progress, love and new business connections. I’ll begin this year-in-review with the basics, then a deeper cut exploring my breakdowns and what I’m learning, and finally a selection of photos from this really fun year of purpose, impact and joy!
LOVE, TRAVEL + FAMILY
This year’s BIG NEWS is that I got engaged to the amazing Stephanie Staidle in February on her birthday weekend, on the beach in Mendocino, CA. After yoga and breakfast, we went on a horseback ride on the beach. On queue, our guide asked us to dismount to readjust the harnesses and told us to go for a walk. On that walk, I pretended to pick up a shell, then took a shell I brought with me with the ring inside and said, “Hey honey, check this shell out!” She screamed and started crying. I got down on a knee and asked her to marry me. We savored the moment with a bottle of Prosecco.
Steph and our cat, Kizzy, moved in to my place in Berkeley in June and we are set to be married July 7, 2018 in Connecticut. We’ve had a really fun time homemaking with paint, plants and art. (Thanks for your help, Mom!) We love entertaining in our home, and have had numerous house guests and impromptu gatherings. We continue to enjoy our monthly date nights which this year included interactive theater in Berkeley, going to Ellis Island and a filming of the Daily Show in NYC, going on a safari in Sonoma, circus training in San Francisco, an Oakland A’s game, a sunset cruise in Maui and a blues bar in Chicago.
Additionally, we traveled to Jacksonville, FL for a friend's wedding, Los Angeles for Steph's grandmother's 75th birthday, Champaign, IL for U of I’s homecoming, my 20th reunion, Mariposa, CA for the Go West Festival, and to Tuscon, AZ to celebrate the wedding of my cousin Justin and his wife, Alison. I had two great guys trips, one weekend in the Poconos skiing and hiking the Appalachian Trail, and a weekend in San Diego with my Dad, Uncle John and my cousin, Elliott, reigniting our Peele Boys Stag tradition - there was much merriment, music and ball-breaking.
I had a huge shift in my business this year. Through some great business coaching from Tracey Thompson (as well as Steph), I refined my messaging and sales process and quickly built a full practice. While I serve folks from all backgrounds in my online courses, in my 1-on-1 work, I exclusively work with executives who want to make their highest contribution and create a career of impact, abundance and joy. Through this shift, I developed a sweet spot working with female executives - who comprise about 80% of my 1-on-1 clientele. My business accountability partner, Hilary Hendershott, also played a pivotal role in helping me grow my business.
A great deal of this shift had to do with these business tweaks, but I believe an equal portion was due to a concerted effort to embody my own purpose in every area of my life (a never-ending task). My participation in Landmark’s Introduction Leader Program last year and coaching it this year was foundational to this integration and embodiment work. I thank my coaches, Jeffrey Chin, Piper Davies and Jae Yee for challenging and empowering me to walk my talk. I continued to deepen my own purpose with my friend and colleague, Cynthia Hendricks, and in 2018 I will have a number of new purposeful projects to share. More on this below.
More broadly, I’ve enjoyed working with 70+ colleagues on developing the Global Purpose Movement, to create a shift in human culture and political economy towards one that values, cultivates and rewards every human’s gifts. Since February, we’ve initiated a series of fun projects to add greater coherence to the movement, learn from each other’s practices, connect with each other and raise the profile of purpose work in the world.
My highlights include building a team of 4 colleagues (Jon Darrall-Rew, Spencer Honeyman, Michael Stern and Kara Hess) to run a 10-week online purpose course and publish a white paper on best practices for online purpose discovery, hosting the On Purpose Gathering in November for 15 of us up in the mountains for two days to explore the deeper themes and issues of our work and growing the movement, and participating in the first Purpose Summit, a 2-day conference in San Francisco. I was a speaker, workshop facilitator and panelist, along with 30+ other colleagues and 300+ attendees.
On Black Friday, a group of us launched the Soul Care Package, a free, no-strings-attached non-profit gift to the world to have a more soulful holiday season. It includes a 12-song playlist, an inspiring 6-speaker series, a Soulful Holiday Cheat Sheet and 2 powerful exercises. Thus far, we’ve delivered over 3,000 Soul Care Packages. Please check it out here and share it with your family and online communities.
I had the privilege of delivering a number of talks and workshops at companies this year and was the first male speaker at the Morgan Stanley Women’s Leadership Speaker Series, the Illumina Women’s Leadership Network and the Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. Additionally, I facilitated workshops at the Unitarian Universalist Church in New York City, the Greenerminds Summit in Mendocino, CA, Start Up Week in Chattanooga, TN and for the United States Coast Guard in San Francisco, CA.
I’m in the final design phase with my publisher and will launch my book, audiobook and ebook, along with a self-paced purpose discovery course in Q1 of 2018. Stay tuned! I’ve received some advanced praise from Tim Kelley (author of True Purpose), Chip Conley (Founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality), Pat Sandone (Founder of Net Driven and Rebel Capitalism) and Aaron Hurst (author of The Purpose Economy). Check it out here and listen to the first few chapters.
I was honored to be asked to contribute to another purpose book, Purpose Rising, that launched in November. This book is an anthology of essays from leaders in the purpose and consciousness space such as Bill Plotkin, Ervin Laszlo, Terry Patten, Ken Wilber, Dustin DiPerna, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Susan Lucci, Jonathan Gustin and Duane Elgin. You can get your copy here.
PURPOSE + INTEGRITY
As I mentioned, in late 2015, I began participating in Landmark’s leadership development offerings. In 2016, while I was in the Introduction Leaders Program, I had a chance to deal with many areas of my life where I was out of integrity - my finances, my career, my relationships, and my health. 2017 had me clean things up even further with my Dad, as well as look more deeply at my integrity as a function of alignment with my soul’s purpose. I’ve been making shifts in my expression across multiple mediums - my book, Facebook, with my clients, and in my relationships with Steph, my Mom, my Dad and my Stepdad.
In May of 2017, I joined two friends and colleagues, Cynthia Hendricks and Sam Clayton, in Maui. We did an archetypal purpose discovery process and ceremony. In this process, I discovered that the next phase of my purpose journey will be to embody the King archetype, a heart-opened, world-wizened steward of the human condition. How this actually unfolds, time will tell, but for now, I merely ask the question, “What would a king do?” I’ve been using this question to purposefully reformat every area of my life, beginning with my home, my relationship, my appearance, and in my coaching.
In August, I prematurely left the Landmark Introduction Leader Body and the ILP Coaching Body, breaking my word with both bodies. It took me two months to make this very difficult decision, as integrity is one of my most cherished virtues, but I was being called to serve in another capacity and in deeper integrity with my soul’s purpose - launching my 10-week purpose course, shepherd the purpose movement and complete the editing of my book. I got complete with all my Landmark friends, fellow coaches and participants who were negatively impacted by my decision. And there were many impacts. Although it was the right decision for me, breaking my word with these people deeply impacted me and negatively affected my performance and leadership. As Steph says, “Integrity always catches up with you.”
Late last year, I made the decision to stop doing yoga every day and adopt a more diverse physical fitness regimen. I joined the YMCA and have been exercising 6-7 days a week, mixing weights, kettlebells, ropes, yoga and HIIT training. I’m loving it and have had a number of personal records. I’ve put on about 10 pounds of muscle, but have lost some flexibility and added 5 pounds of fat. Still working on the formula to become more lean, but that will require cutting back on the scotch and giving up bread I suspect. Kings do like their feasts:)
Lastly, I have two requests:
Thank you in advance! I look forward to receiving your updates and helping you create the best year of your life!
Author, Planet on Purpose
15 minutes after getting engaged on the beach in Mendocino, CA.
At the Women's March in Oakland, CA.
At the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco, CA.
At the Go West Festival in Mariposa, CA.
Speaking at the Illumina Women's Leadership Network in San Diego, CA.
In the Poconos skiing and hiking with my best friends from graduate school.
At the Daily Show - I got to ask Trevor Noah a question during one of the breaks!
Playing rugby on my 41st birthday in Berkeley, CA.
With my cousin, Elliott Peele, in San Diego, CA for our Peele Boys Stag.
At U of I Homecoming in Champaign, IL.
Delivering a purpose workshop for the US Coast Guard in San Francisco, CA.
Exploring group purpose with the Young Women's Social Entrepreneurs Board of Directors in San Francisco, CA.
My name is Brandon and I'm the founder of Ensouled.LIFE. I want to share with you why I started this company and give you a short history of it's beginnings.
Why I Started This Company
I started this company because I believe the only forward for humanity to reach its full potential and to survive the economic, political, cultural and ecological freefall in which we find ourselves is for every human to discover their soul's purpose and to paint every corner of their life with it. We are in this position, not because we lack the intelligence, technologies or policies. We have amassed a deep and compelling library of best practices for optimum human development as individuals (clean water, shelter, safety, food security, bathing, organic / local food, somatic disciplines, eight hours of sleep, liberal arts / mindfulness / purpose discovery edu, 35-hour work week at a job you love, lots of time in nature and with family, travel, art, culture, dancing, etc.) and collectively (social democracy, Waldorf schools, bikeable / walkable towns, carbon taxes, renewables, sharing economy, etc.).
What's missing is not the next book, app, widget or dreamy politician. What's missing is the cultural value of soul. We haven't made it imperative that everyone find their soul's purpose, live it and lead with it. My book, Planet on Purpose, due out in early 2018, explores what it would look like if we all knew our purpose. I started this company, because, well frankly, people don't read books like they used to, and even if they did, books alone would not be enough, as there already so many great books out there on living life soulfully. I started this company to fill our deep hunger for soul and purpose, as 97% of Americans value the importance of purpose (Rainey, 2014), but few are connected to it. I started this company to meet people where they are at, to make soulful living accessible, palatable and digestible. I started this company to show people what it looks like to live life fully, soulfully, creatively and passionately. Please check out the Manifesto and Vision pages to get a deeper sense of why I believe this is most important conversation on the planet right now.
A Short History
Three weeks ago, I started building ensouled.LIFE. However, like many things that originate in my soul, I initially refused it. Six weeks ago, I posted in the Global Purpose Leaders group (a group of purpose / soul guides) that someone needed to launch a lifestyle brand, to show people what it looks and feels like to live their soul's purpose.
No one ran with it of course, as it wasn't their purpose to do so.
About a week later, I talked with my friend Stacy about her lifestyle brand "Get After It Girl" and mused "funny, I had an idea about a lifestyle brand just last week". Still totally oblivious that I should do anything about it.
I can be totally daft and oblivious to what's right in front of me, e.g. being the last to know I was in love with my then business partner, and now fiancee, Stephanie Staidle. Of course I really couldn't see her in that way at the time, as I was dating someone else. This was another one of those times. I couldn't see my future beyond writing Planet on Purpose. I knew what was next was going to be a leap in scope, but I had no clarity as to what exactly it was. I thought it might be politics or a purpose-driven venture fund, but I didn't really have a clue, and frankly, it wasn't that important to me to know.
I've developed a trusting relationship with mystery / my soul. The messages I was getting were the same, some flavor of "don't worry about what's next, just finish the damn book". And so I did. As the final proofing wrapped up, the fog started to lift. A new vision emerged - a platform / lifestyle brand for ensouled living. The site as it stands now, is only temporary, a sort of dating profile to court advisers, co-founders, and on-air talent folks.
I Need Your Help
And that brings me to you. Will you help me build this vision? Please have a look at the Vision page - at the bottom is a description of the kind of amazing people I'm looking for. Is that you or someone you know?
Thank you in advance!
The ensouled life is purposeful, creative, vulnerable, connected, loving, inclusive, curious, courageous, sustainable, entrepreneurial and fiercely political.
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